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Listen to Michael Erard on NPR’s “Diane Rehm”

January 26, 2012


Listen in as Erard (BABEL NO MORE) and Gary Marcus (GUITAR ZERO) discuss a variety of issues related to language-learning, music and the brain. Favorite moment: Erard points out how silimar the words for "cauliflower" and "syphilis" are in Chinese, and how this has the potential to prove very embarrassing for for the novice when ordering dinner at a restaurant in Shanghai.

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-01-25/language-music-and-brain

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Congratulations to Daniel Kahneman: three months on the NYT list!

January 20, 2012


THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman will have been on the New York Times bestseller list for twelve consecutive weeks as of this Sunday, January 29th.

“[A]n astonishingly rich book: lucid, profound, full of intellectual surprises and self-help value… urge everyone to buy and read it.” – Jim Holt, New York Times Book Review

http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/hardcover-nonfiction/list.html

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Great New York Times Book Review for BABEL NO MORE

January 20, 2012


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/books/review/babel-no-more-the-search-for-the-worlds-most-extraordinary-language-learners-by-michael-erard-book-review.html?_r=1

“Among the surprising qualities of “Babel No More,” Michael Erard’s globe-trekking adventure in search of the world’s virtuosos of language learning, is that a book dealing with language acquisition and polyglot linguistics can be so gripping. But indeed it is – part travelogue, part science lesson, part intellectual investigation, it is an entertaining, informative survey of some of the most fascinating polyglots of our time.”—Peter Constantine, New York Times Book Review

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Leymah Gbowee on Daily Show

November 15, 2011


Jon Stewart interviews Leymah Gbowee about MIGHTY BE OUR POWERS over two stellar segments on the Daily Show 11/14. In the interview, Leymah describes the state of Liberia post-war….a pretty sober look at where war and corruption leave a country, even decades later.

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Kahneman’s ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ debuts at #3 on the NYT list!

November 09, 2011


Daniel Kahneman's THINKING FAST AND SLOW hits the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list at #3 the week of 11/6. And Jenny Schuessler gives the book an "Inside the List" shout out:

WRITING FAST AND SLOW: The Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow” lands at No. 3 on the hardcover list this week, which isn’t bad for a book that almost didn’t get written. In a profile in the December issue of Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis describes meeting Kahneman for the first time four years ago and hearing from the man himself how bad Kahneman’s forthcoming book was going to be. After a few years of agonized writing, Kahneman — in a weird twist on a behavioral economics experiment — paid four academic experts in decision making $2,000 apiece to read his manuscript and tell him if he should just abandon the project. The reviews, unfortunately, were rapturous. “By this time it got so ridiculous to quit again,” Kahneman told Lewis. “I just finished it.”

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Kakalios talks quantum mechanics on Studio 360

October 15, 2011


Jim Kakalios (The Physics of Superheros and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics) tells us all why we should care about quantum mechanics on PRI's Studio 360. Listen up for the part when he identifies the movie "Them" about giant mutated, irradiated ants by a two second audio clip. You also have to love his introduction: "I'm a physics professor and comic book nerd. Sorry ladies - I'm already married."

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Gbowee wins 2011 Nobel Peace Prize!

October 07, 2011


Leymah Gbowee, author of MIGHTY BE OUR POWERS, wins the Nobel Peace Prize on the last day of her book tour. The New York Times reports on her final book event-turned-press conference at the Interchurch Center in Manhattan.

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Washington Post rave review of Sharlet’s SWEET HEAVEN

August 19, 2011


Beautiful review by Michael Washburn of SWEET HEAVEN WHEN I DIE in today's Washington Post:

“The book belongs to the tradition of long-form, narrative journalism best exemplified by writers such as Joan Didion, John McPhee, Norman Mailer and Sharlet’s contemporary David Samuels. Sharlet deserves a place alongside such masters, for he has emerged as a master investigative stylist and one of the shrewdest commentators on religion’s underexplored realms.”

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‘The Other Barack’ gets the cover of the NY Daily News

July 08, 2011


The NY Daily News picks up Sally Jacobs' Boston Globe news story based on her research for THE OTHER BARACK and turns it into the cover.

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Donohue’s ‘Man with a Pan’ in the May Saveur

June 21, 2011


Check out Matt Gross's review of MAN WITH A PAN: Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook for Their Families by John Donohue in the May Saveur:

"Throughout the book, what comes across…is the authors' love for the joy of providing for their families in a newly satisfying way. Mario Batali explains it perfectly: 'the best reason to cook, besides its being delicious and good for you, is that it will automatically make you look good. You'll look like a hero every day.' It's a wonder, in fact, that we let women in the kitchen at all."